NAVA Novice Competition

Novice Auctioneer of the Year Competition

The most important event in the calendar for budding auctioneers!

For auctioneers and valuers just starting their careers, the NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year is the most important event in the auctioneering calendar. 

The competition, which was held at the Oxford Belfry on 4 October 2017, involves a bidding sequence organised to demonstrate possible occurrences in the saleroom and to test the entrant’s skill, knowledge and presence on the rostrum.

The premise makes for a highly anticipated and exciting event and 9 budding auctioneers took part before three competitors were selected for the final round at the NAVA Propertymark Annual Dinner. The bidders in the early round were experienced auction and property professionals with pre-arranged bidding briefs for highly diverse lots including a timber-framed, seafront stilt cottage, a diesel generator, a residential property with structural damage, a Chinese vase and a former public toilet block.

 

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Georgina Hilton
NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year 2017

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After a hard fought contest Georgina was awarded the Clive Emson Rosebowl and announced as the 2017 NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year by our expert judging panel. Georgina joined Christie’s in 2013 and currently works in the Old Master Paintings department becoming the most recent addition to Christie’s Auctioneer team.

Speaking after her win Georgina said:

“It was a fantastic day, partly because it gave me the opportunity to meet and speak to so many young passionate auctioneers who are learning their trade. There was a real sense of camaraderie through the day with lots of support from others in the competition and my confidence grew, culminating in my performance in the final.

“NAVA Auctioneer of the Year has given me the opportunity to display what I have been working so hard to learn at Christie's, to a really impressive panel of experts. I’m looking forward to staying in touch with those I have met at the competition and growing the network, the title is a great feather to my bow and I think it will support my development at Christie’s.” 

The Finalists

Alex Froggatt

Alex Froggatt

Alex is a trainee auctioneer and valuer with an interest in glass, especially of the 20th Century. He has been interested in the antique trade since his work experience 4 years ago. He now has over a year's experience at Fieldings Auctioneers where he started his career after completing his A levels.

Thomas Keane

Thomas Keane

Thomas joined The Swan at Tetsworth (which is a family run business) last October after three years of service as a Porter to Chiswick Auctions in West London. He has been working around antiques since the age of 12 and has recently transitioned to Junior Valuer and Auctioneer.

Meet the Judging Panel

Our expert judging panel was made up of Hugh Edmeades, a regular on the national and international charity auction circuit, David Sandeman Managing Director of the Essential Information Group and former NAVA Propertymark President, Phillip Arnold.

Hugh Edmeades

Hugh Edmeades

Phillip Arnold

Phillip Arnold

David Sandeman

David Sandeman

 

Thank You to All of the Competitors

Novice Auctioneers